A small plane carrying eight passengers and the pilot went down shortly after taking off from the island of Molokai in Hawaii on December 11th, Hawaii News Now reports.
According to the pilot, Clyde Kawasaki, an engine went off after the plane left the airport at Kalaupapa. Having nowhere to land, Kawasaki attempted the softest landing on possible, at sea. There were enough life vests for all of the passengers, but once Kawasaki entered the water, he had to rely on one of the passengers. Kawasaki and his passengers were all rescued shortly by plane. Kawasaki was treated for a concussion, and it seemed that all of the passengers had suffered only minor injuries. However, one passenger, Hawaii Health Director Linda Fuddy, died at the hospital after the incident. The plane has been salvaged by the National Transportation Safety Board, and an investigation is underway into both the accident and the cause of Linda Fuddy’s death.
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